Domain Name
A unique name that identifies an internet site. The domain name is translated into the IP address of the computer hosting a webiste
Domain Name System (DNS)
The service that translates a domain name into an IP address
Top-Level Domain (TLD)
Suffix Attached to a Domain Name. Some current examples include:
Registrar
The business that registers a domain name for an organization or individual with interNIC
IP Address
The numeric address of a computer connected to the Internet.
Internet Network Information Center (interNIC)
Organization funded by the National Science Foundation that provides services such as access to an archive of Internet standard documents and the assignment of IP addresses for the Internet community at large.
Whois Privacy
A service that prevents your private information from being displayed in the Whois directory. Whois privacy can help prevent your information from being used for spam
Whois
Whois databases contain nameserver, registrar, and full contact information about a domain. A central Whois database is maintained by the interNIC.
Administrative Contact
The individual authorized to carry out business with the registrar.
Billing Contact
The individual specified to receive any invoices or other financial information relating to the registration of a domain name.
Fully-Qualified Domain Name (FQDN)
The name for a website that includes all parts of the address; including hostname or subdomain, the domain name, and the top level domain.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Protocol or standard for transferring files from one computer to another. FTP is the most common way to copy files to your webserver.
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
Agency that oversees registration for various Internet Protocol parameters, such as port numbers, enterprise numbers, options, codes, and types.
Name Server
A computer that contains the data needed to resolve a domain name into an IP address
Parked Domain
A domain that has been pointed to a generic web page; usually done while a site is being developed.
Registrant
The individual that registers a domain name through a registrar.
Technical Contact
The individual authorized to handle any technical aspects of a domain
Forwarding
Sending all traffic to a remote URL
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
A standard for specifying the location of a page on the internet